Ryan was a 3-time All-State selection at Lowell High School, (Lowell, IN) during his prep career. His career batting average is among the top 5 all-time in the state of Indiana. He went on to play 3 years at Michigan State University. As a 2-time All-Big Ten selection, Ryan was then drafted by Toronto Blue Jays in the 29th round in 2006.
After an injury kept him from playing in the Blue Jays organization, Ryan played 5 years of independent professional baseball. He spent time with the Florence Freedom (Florence, KY),the Joliet Jackhammers (Joliet, IL), and the Windy City Thunderbolts (Crestwood, IL). During his professional career, Ryan was named the 2007 Frontier League Rookie of the Year and 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game MVP. His career stats include a .285 batting average, 453 hits, 50 home runs, and 102 doubles.
Ryan’s coaching experience includes his time as an assistant coach at Hanover Central High School (Cedar Lake, IN) both in 2008 and 2009. He then spent 2011 and 2012 as the hitting and outfield coach for Robert Morris University – Chicago. In 2011, the Eagles won a conference title, finished 2nd in the CCAC in team batting average and home runs, and 1st in RBI. In 2012, the Eagles once again finished 2nd in batting average and home runs and 2nd in RBI in their conference.
Basham has been providing private instruction for over a decade. In this time, he has had the privilege of working alongside and learning from many talented coaches and instructors. His instruction career began at Dave Griffin’s Baseball School in Griffith, IN. He has also worked with Justin Stone of Elite Baseball Academy, and former Major Leaguers John Cangelosi, Dean Anna, and the legendary Bo Jackson at the Bo Jackson Elite Sports Dome in Lockport, IL.
In the Indianapolis area, Ryan spent 3 years as an instructor at Roundtripper Sports Academy. He spent 3 years as a head coach of the 15U Indiana Mustangs, and is currently a 16U head coach with the Indy Titans.